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Can a Miscarriage be Misdiagnosed?

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Aug 31, 2011
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  • Since the embryo grows rapidly, at times the ultrasound does not detect a heartbeat.
  • If hCG levels are detected to be falling, it is usually a sign of miscarriage.
  • At times, the gestational sac is not detected by the ultrasound machine.
  • The slow increase of hCG levels in a woman can make one suspicious.

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An abortion or a miscarriage can be one of the most traumatic experiences to deal with physically, mentally and emotionally. An informed approach, however, can always help in dealing with it more effectively.

miscarriage diagnosisThere have been many cases of misdiagnosed miscarriage as some situations lead to faulty diagnosis of a miscarriage. It is always advisable to get a second opinion when you have been so diagnosed since the very thought of a miscarriage is dead scary.

 

Confusion of conception date

In the initial stages of pregnancy, since the embryo grows rapidly, at times the ultrasound does not detect a heartbeat. Usually doctors would conduct a follow-up ultrasound after a few days to ensure that miscarriage has not been misdiagnosed. If your doctor has not done the follow up test, ask for one.

 

hCG levels

The pregnancy hormone hCG can rise and fall gradually. The slow increase of hCG levels in a woman can make one suspicious about miscarriage. So, if your diagnosis states that hCG levels are not rising as normally as they should, do not lose hope. Your pregnancy can still be viable.

 

Heterotopic pregnancy

If hCG levels are detected to be falling, it is usually a sign of miscarriage. In some circumstances such as a heterotopic pregnancy, the miscarriage can be misdiagnosed. In heterotopic pregnancies, there are two conceptions, one of which is ectopic which is bound to end prematurely, while the other one is viable. The healthy foetus of the viable pregnancy would remain while hCG levels drop due to ectopic conception.

 

Vanishing twin syndrome

This is a case of only one conception in twins getting miscarried while the other foetus is stable and capable of growing.

 

Baby not seen on ultrasound

At times the gestational sac is not detected by the ultrasound machine well past the specified time of 6 weeks. 13 mm gestational sac is expected by 6 to 7 weeks. It does not work out like that always. At times, the gestational sac of some women gets detected after it is well past 20 mm in size. So, do not start getting hopeless when the machine does not show your baby. It would do so soon.

 

Some other conditions can also lead to miscarriage of pregnancy such as tilted uterus or what has been termed bicornuate uterus (a sort of divided uterus) can make detection of foetus difficult to examine with an ultrasound. Thus, it is not right to lose all hope when a miscarriage is diagnosed. You must get a second opinion to confirm it.

 

 

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  • connie royer01 Aug 2012
    i have a quesction i had a miscarriage in may and had sex four times after and now its almost aug and had 10+ possive test and when i touch my stomach can feel what i thank is a foot and i can put a schelthoscope up on my stomach and it sounds like a heartbeat can this be a misdiagnosised miscarriage or another pregnancy from after miscarriage

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